Originally Posted by Pliny
'Hippos'? - it's a false analogy. Would you contract 'physics' to 'physic'? If you did, you'd get an entirely different noun referring to something about which Einstein knew very little.
It's 'maths' in English speaking countries, including England of course. 'Math' is an exception used only in English-speaking US.
'Mathematics' is a singular noun ending in 's', of which 'maths' is a contraction.
Hippo is short for hippopotamus. Math is short for mathematics. Both are Greek. They should follow the same pattern.
'Physics' and 'physic' are not abbreviations. Why would you say my analogy is false (when it's clearly not), then reply with an even more absurd analogy?
Originally Posted by Blackhood
Maths is short for mathematics. Math is short for Mathematic. His use was correct, you are an American.
Mathematic isn't a noun. Following the analogies of all the abbreviations of Greek words (and really all words in general), 'math' should be the abbreviation for mathematics.
I know I am an American. The problem is 'maths' as an abbreviation for 'mathematics' makes no sense. It sounds like people are treating mathematics as a plural (and likely the abbreviation into 'maths' originated through this mistake).
Yes, I know this is how you speak. I also know it sounds ridiculous to me. My reasons are stated pretty clearly.